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Bride Of The Week: Erika Houwman

Bride of the week: Erika
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Allow us to introduce our GL Bride of the week, Erika Houwman, who graced her wedding day in our G-104 gown! Against the picturesque backdrop of the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, CA, Erika's journey to becoming a GL bride unfolded in a setting of unparalleled beauty. In the following interview, Erika shares what she loved the most and how she found the dress of her dreams. As told by Erika:

A moment of your wedding day will you never forget?

During dinner I took a moment to just look around at our beautiful reception space and  all of my loved ones in one place and felt immense gratitude.  

One thing you wish you knew as a new bride? What advice would you give to future brides?

I wish I’d been given the advice to make sure to book your must-have vendors as soon as  possible after you get engaged because they book up fast! The advice I’d give to future brides is to just enjoy the season of engagement and wedding planning – it is a lot of work but it is  such a special season of life and one I’ll look back on with fond memories. 

A detail that made your wedding special/unique?

A few come to mind! I was able to alter and wear my mothers wedding dress to my rehearsal dinner the night before our wedding and it was a surprise to everyone there which was really  special! Second, I had both my dad and my step-dad walk me down the aisle which ended up  being perfect and I loved that I could have that special father-daughter moment with both of them! 

How did you know your dress was 'the one'?

After 7 different dress stores, I began to think that feeling of finding “the dress” wasn’t  real but before my last dress store appointment I had found a photo of mine online and really  loved it on the website so when I went into my last dress appointment I just happened to see it when looking through the thousands of dresses. I was so excited I tried it on right away and  finally got that “this is my wedding dress” feeling. I knew it was confirmed when my mom also  thought it was perfect! 

How did it feel when you put on your dress the day of the wedding? What was everyone's reaction to the dress?

I felt so happy when I put on my wedding dress on my wedding day because I loved it even  more than I did when I first tried it on in the store. I ended up keeping my dress a secret  from all my bridesmaids so I got to do a reveal with them on the wedding day and that was  one of the best feelings. They were all so surprised by what I chose but loved it just as  much as I did! 

Would you have done anything differently?

Nothing seriously..I made a tiktok the morning of my wedding while getting ready and then  when I went to film the last clip the whole video erased so I guess I would’ve worked on my  tiktok skills more prior if anything! 


What was your favourite part of the wedding to plan/you were most looking forward to?

My favorite part to plan was the reception! I was so lucky to truly have my dream wedding and everything about it turned out so perfect thanks to my wonderful wedding planner  and mom who helped put everything together! The food and cake tasting were also super fun of course! From the champagne tower to the photobooth to our live musicians,  everything was beyond wonderful and it was truly the best day of my life! 

How did you meet your husband? How did he propose?

We met in dental school in  2020! We began dating in the fall of our first year and the rest was history! He proposed  on a trip to Hawaii for spring break with some of our dental school classmates – he had a  photographer and white rose petals on a lawn overlooking the ocean so he did a great  job! 

How did you find working with the team at Galia Lahav?

Everyone I had the pleasure of  working with was truly amazing and so helpful! I can’t recommend buying your wedding dress  from them enough – I would do it again 1000 times!  

How many dresses did you try on before you found it?

Oh goodness probably around 50- 60! I wasn’t going to settle until I found the one and I’m so glad I fell in love with a Galia gown!  

Planner | Pure Lavish Events (Alexa) 
Flowers | Flowers by Cina 
Photographer | Nicole Ivanov 
Videographer | Narrow Road Films 
Make up | Chelsea Durkee
Hair | @jasonhaiir 
Cake | Grace and Honey Cakes 
Venue | Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, CA
Bride | @erikajhouwman
Photographer | @nicoleivanovphoto

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Kaileah Christine | September 18, 2023

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